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Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince musical to be workshopped at The Place with Phil Daniels and Janie Dee

The musical is based on Wilde’s iconic children’s story

Phil Daniels, Janie Dee and Sam Archer
Phil Daniels, Janie Dee and Sam Archer
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Three showcase performances will be held for a brand new musical based on Oscar Wilde's fairy tale The Happy Prince.

With music, lyrics and direction by Hal Cazalet and book and movement direction by Michael Barry, the piece is set in a 1920s laundry house located in a town where a despotic mayor drives the citizens to financial ruin.

Appearing in the showcase performances will be Janie Dee (Follies), Phil Daniels (A Very Very Very Dark Matter), Sophia Hurdley (New Adventures company member) and Sam Archer (Wise Children).

The rest of the cast includes David Burt, Louis Gaunt, Sammy Graham, Jessica Pardoe, Edwin Ray, Ronald Samm, Cilla Silvia, Gemma Wardle and Alfie Wickham.

Cazalet said: "The Happy Prince is a fairy tale for today and as Oscar Wilde intended, for both adults and children alike. I can't help but feel that the Wildean themes of greed and corruption set against the redeeming power of love and sacrifice are every bit as relevant and urgent in our present world, as when Wilde wrote the story in 1888."

The showcase will have lighting by David Howe and choreography by Hurdley and Archer. It runs at The Place in King's Cross on 3 and 4 May.